Keeping your computer free of viruses and other malware is a crucial part of running a business.

Not all use of the internet is safe. Your organisation’s computers may become infected with  viruses and other  malware if you are the victim of an online scam, if you download illegitimate software or if you visit a malicious and untrustworthy website.

If your organisation’s computers are infected with malware, it can be a blow to your productivity. You may lose revenue if you cannot operate while computers are taken out of action, or you could lose whole projects and have to start them again.

The consequences of picking up malware can extend beyond just you and your organisation—it could become an issue of protecting your customers. Some types of malware can steal data from you, including personal information about your customers, donors or supporters.

Staying safe online

There are online resources that may help you keep your computer secure from online threats.

The resources include:

Stay Smart Online 
You can sign up for cybersecurity alerts from Stay Smart Online via Facebook and via email. These alerts provide a range of important updates, including news about online threats and vulnerabilities.

SCAMwatch
This is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that helps consumers and small businesses recognise, avoid and report scams.

DigitalIQ tips

National Cyber Security Awareness Week

You can demonstrate your interest in cybersecurity by becoming a partner with the National Cyber Security Awareness Week. As a partner, you can get involved by distributing information about Cyber Security Week and encouraging people to attend events.

By becoming an advocate for good cybersecurity, you can help to put web users at ease when they go about their business online. This is particularly useful if you have an e-commerce site, where you need customers to trust your organisation and website with their payment details.

For more information, see the Stay Smart Onlinelink website.

Securing your wireless network

It is important to make sure that your organisation’s internal wireless network (commonly known as wi-fi), is well secured. This can help prevent unauthorised interception of your data.

For some tips, see this guide on wireless network securitylink.